HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER WITH CDH1
[Originally published on BioGPS's Gene-of-the-Week Series on April 14, 2014.]
Like so many behind-the-scenes gaffers and stagehands, cell adhesion proteins ensure structural integrity and thus proper functioning of all our cells. Cell adhesion may not be one of the more showy or glamorous cellular processes, but it is no less vital to organism survival. After all, what would happen if we suddenly lost all our cell adhesion molecules? Would we drop into a pile of cells on the floor? Could we have ever become more than a loose collection of dividing cells? Today, we explore the role of CDH1, a gene without which, none of it would have been possible.